an active community
Following the completion of a detailed long-term restoration programme, Harworth's green spaces are now extensively used for running, walking, bird-watching, dog-walking and a host of other activities by residents and workers.
The COVID-19 pandemic has served to highlight the need for active, connected communities with easy access to green spaces, clean air and nature. We are keen to further exploit this land for public good, including the following interventions:
- We are working closely with Sheffield Hallam University to create an 'Active Towns' programme - using social research techniques and a detailed understanding of our land to better exploit the site for the benefit of local residents' health. We have tested a number of interventions in recent years, including outdoor climbing spaces and 'gamifying' local running and cycling routes to encourage participation and will be increasing these interventions across site in 2021.
- A new community garden and public space in front of Waverley's new school has been jointly developed and built with Waverley's local residents. Now managed by a small number of residents, it comprises a series of raised planters set within an edible hedge boundary with seating areas to promote community gardening and social interaction.
- Waverley's two man-made lakes - which act as the site's principal points of surface attenuation - are a fantastic haven for wildlife. We have spent the past two years restoring land next to these lakes to encourage a wide range of species in line with our biodiversity action plan. Hundreds of bird species are now on-site, including Water Rail and Great Crested Grebes.
Throughout 2021, we will also be undertaking detailed design on the main Waverley park following consultation in summer 2020.